Oslo Harbour, Norway, 13 May 1945
Norwegians in Oslo harbour welcome HMCS Iroquois, which accompanied British warships bringing Crown Prince Olav home from exile.
A Norwegian flag flies prominently from the small boat Ester's stern (right), while many on board wave smaller versions. Ken Adams, Iroquois' commander, later remembered that the Norwegians "came out to meet us in little rowboats and fishing schooners." Prince Olav had left Norway following the German invasion and occupation. From exile, he helped rally his country's forces as Chief of Defence, and went on to play a key role in the postwar disarmament of the German occupation forces in Norway.
George Metcalf Archival Collection